Separating Sorrel Plants: Learn About Dividing Garden Sorrel

Separating Sorrel Plants: Learn About Dividing Garden Sorrel

By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
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Do you need to split sorrel? Large clumps can weaken and become less attractive in time, but dividing garden sorrel every so often in spring or early summer can revive and rejuvenate a tired plant. Let’s learn more about sorrel plant division.

Sorrel Plant Division

Packed with flavor and easy to grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 9, sorrel produces a bountiful harvest of tangy, pungent leaves every spring. This hardy plant is happy in full sun or partial shade, in any relatively fertile, well-drained soil.

Ideally, try for sorrel plant division every three to five years. Don’t wait too long; older sorrel can develop a hefty root system and separating sorrel plants can be a chore. Smaller plants are much easier to deal with.

How to Divide Sorrel Plants

When separating sorrel plants, use a shovel or sharp spade to dig deeply in a wide circle around the clump of sorrel, then divide the clump into sections by digging clear through the base of the plant. Try to save as many roots as possible.

You can divide the clumps of sorrel into as many sections as you like, but be sure each section has a healthy root system and at least one good leaf.

Replant the young sorrel to a new spot. A little mulch around new plants will help conserve moisture and staunch growth of weeds. Be sure to water regularly until the roots are established.

If your main goal is to start new sorrel plants, keep mind that sorrel generally self-seeds generously. You can always dig and replant the tiny seedlings that pop up around the plant. You should have plenty of delicious sorrel to share with plant-loving friends.

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